Byron Reed collection inspires signers exhibit
|Thanks to a partnership with the Durham Western Heritage Museum, employees and students from UNMC, UNMC Physicians and The Nebraska Medical Center can view the Byron Reed Collection exhibit free with valid identification.|
And its contents, particularly autographs contained in the document collection, are what prompted museum staff to create another exhibit, "The Signers," on display from April 28 through Sept. 2.
Byron Reed was an important figure in early Omaha history. In 1856, Reed founded Nebraska's first real estate company.
Upon his death in 1891, he left the entire collection to the City of Omaha, as well as money and land with which to build a new library to house the collection.
Coins in the collection include currency of ancient Rome and other realms of antiquity, colonial coins, barter coins from the Civil War and other significant eras of American history. The collection also includes the widely-acclaimed 1804 Dollar.
The document collection includes more than 800 autographs, including those of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and all other U.S. Presidents that served until Reed's death in 1891.
|This 1804 dollar is one of several treasures that can be viewed in the Byron Reed Collection at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.|
Additional events complementing the museum's exhibits include a noon lecture on UNMC's campus on April 24. The lecture, titled "Medical Theory and Practice in the 18th & 19th Centuries, Presented by Thomas Jefferson" will be held in the Durham Research Center auditorium. Please contact Jill Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
As part of a partnership with the medical center and the museum, employees and students from UNMC, UNMC Physicians and The Nebraska Medical Center receive free admission to the museum year round with valid identification.